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The 100 Day Project (2018)

Hi everyone!

I seem to be busy all the time these days and yet it wouldn’t be as ‘fun’ if I didn’t add an extra project to my plate, right?

Last Tuesday (3rd of April) saw the kick-off of the 2018 edition of the 100 Day Project, a challenge created by Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thomson. In their own words, the 100 Day Project is “a free, global art project that anyone can participate in”. The purpose of this challenge – because yes, it is a challenge after all – is to choose an action, to repeat it every day for 100 days, and to post it on Instagram. It is okay to miss a day. The goal is to keep going.

To be honest I don’t feel comfortable posting too much unfinished work on my Instagram grid anymore. I know, it may seem silly. But I am worried that it would ruin my efforts to try to create a more cohesive feel on there (it is still work in progress). And not only that. I also want to use this challenge as a way to have fun and experiment with different materials and possibly techniques too, and I don’t really want to include art that doesn’t look like me as it could send the wrong message.

After thinking about the pros and cons of taking on an extra project for a hundred days (it’s quite a long time!) and considering what I would do and where I would show it, I decided the following:

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Really, I wanted to draw characters but I was worried – I do worry a lot! – that I wouldn’t always have the time. A face take a lot less time to draw than a full character so I decided that I would draw at the very least a face a day for a hundred days and a full character whenever I have time.

As for where I am going to show my work, well, I am going to post some of it on my Instagram account and what ‘doesn’t fit’ will be posted as an Instagram story. I will also post all my drawings on Facebook and Twitter so make sure to follow me there is you want a daily update, and will have a recap here on a regular basis (I haven’t decided yet whether that will be every week, every other week or monthly).

Wish me luck!

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Bye Bye 2017

Bye-bye-2017

I can’t believe that 2017 is nearly over! I’m pretty sure I say this every year but there it is: this year has gone so freakin’ quickly!

Since it’s that time of year again, I took some time this afternoon to reflect on 2017 and set my goals for 2018.

I feel that this task was more difficult today than it has been in recent years.

One of the main reasons is that art-wise, 2017 was a bit of a confusing year. My illustration style evolved in a direction that is making me question where I want to go with it. Don’t get me wrong, it is super interesting and fun! But it threw me (as well as my previous goals) off balance and now I am trying to rethink everything I thought I knew.

I am also battling internally with ‘shoulds’ (those things that I feel I should do for x, y, z reason), ‘wants/don’t wants’ (the things that I want or don’t want to do) and an incredible portion of doubt.

I ended up writing a long list of questions. I guess I was hoping that I would get all the answers by end of day today but that didn’t happen (cough – obviously – cough).

Anyway.

My hope for the new year is that it brings me a new compass that will help me navigate the confusing waters so that I can set sail towards some exciting new worlds and hidden treasures (yo ho!).

 

 

I am in a video game!

One of the great things about being a creative is undoubtedly the fact that I get to meet and hang out with a lot of other creative people.

And once in a while I get to collaborate on some exciting and extraordinary projects.

Boy, if you’d told me that one day I would get to be in a video game I’m not sure I would have believed you.

And yet it happened!

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Why I am an illustrator

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Hi everyone,

As per a recent post on my Instagram I wanted to come back on some of the reasons why I became an illustrator in the first place.

I love to draw, that’s a fact.

But loving to draw doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to draw professionally. If it had been just about loving to draw I could have carried on what I was doing before and drawn in my free time like I have been doing – like – forever.

No. I became an illustrator because I love to draw AND because I want to move people with my art.

I want to make you smile, I want to make you laugh, I want to give you a short mental break from your daily life.

And I want to be one of those people who sets an example and inspires you to follow whatever path you choose because everything is possible.

“You can do anything you set your mind to.” (Benjamin Franklin)

So be free! And have a lovely Friday!

8 Lessons I Learnt From Keeping A Travel Sketchbook

Hi everyone!

I just came back from a trip to Austria where I went to visit some friends of mine. It was a great holiday and one of the things that I am super happy about is that I kept a travel sketchbook!

A lot of the time when I travel I take a sketchbook and some pens and pencils with me and I end up not drawing at all.

However, just before I went on holidays I got inspired by the fantastic Christine Nishiyama (also check her Skillshare classes, they’re great!) who had just completed a road trip and had kept a travel sketchbook which she shared on Instagram. Her illustrations were so simple, beautiful and fun at the same time that they made me want to give it a go.

So I decided that I too would draw my adventures!… And the thought totally terrified me!

I mean, there is so much great stuff on Instagram and the likes that I felt very pressured to produce something that looked awesome, even though the whole point of going away for a few days was to relax and have fun.

And then I remembered how Christine’s account of her road trip and experience of drawing in her travel sketchbook made it sound approachable and laid back.

I wasn’t too sure how and where to start but I decided to be brave, forget about the idea of making something perfect and I gave travel sketching a go – my way! And I learnt a lot in the process!

Here are 8 lessons I learnt from this experience:

  1. Drawing when you are away is not like drawing at home: some of the materials I brought with me were different from what I normally use which means that I had to adapt my drawing a little.
  2. Sketching the illustrations in pencil first made it feel too ‘controlled’. I was spending way too long trying to get things perfect so after 30 minutes of not being happy with my drawings on day 1 I erased everything and went ‘freehand’.
  3. Going straight into painting without sketching my illustrations first forced me to think differently about what I was painting/drawing, loosen up and not ‘care so much’ (it brought back memories from the last Inktober challenge!).
  4. I gave up on perfection… and it felt good! At first I was really disappointed with some of my illustrations that looked inferior to what I normally draw at home. As soon as I reminded myself that it was okay for things not to look exactly like my photos, I started to enjoy myself a lot more and funnily enough the illustrations got better!
  5. Drawing complicated stuff (like people kayaking) freehand when you are hungover is very difficult. Actually drawing anything when you are hungover is more difficult!
  6. Wait for the ink to dry! I really should have remembered this one since I work a lot with Indian ink. Except that since I used an artist brush pen instead of my usual brush and bottle of ink I didn’t quite think it through which resulted in small smudges here and there – lesson learnt!
  7. I added some text to my pages but I didn’t have a particular plan when I started writing. Like the rest, I decided not to overthink it and I just wrote whatever came to my mind. I might not win the Pulitzer Prize for it but it worked just fine for me.
  8. As the days passed and I started to let go some interesting things started to happen. I became more confident and it was reflected in every aspect of what I drew (use of space, colour, subject matter, etc.). Sure, it was maybe not the illustration project of the year, but it was mine, and I owned it!

In hindsight there’s a bunch of stuff that I would now do differently.

But you know what? It actually doesn’t matter so much. Yes, there were a few bumps but there were some really cool things too!

As imperfect as they are, not only do those illustrations tell the story of what I did during this trip but they also show how I grew in just 6 days and that, in itself, is amazing!

And I am so proud that I committed to drawing every day and that in addition to the photos I took I also have illustrations of my holiday!

Fighting the burnout – Step 3: To infinity and beyond

Hi everyone!

Today our space adventure comes to an end but don’t be sad, there will be new ones!

He’s alive!

I know, this is the second film quote today (well almost, the original is “It’s alive!”) and I haven’t even written that much yet. It could be because I did film studies when I was younger or maybe it’s just that those quotes are so famous that it’s difficult not to think about them.

Anyway, one of the first things I did today was to paint the little astronaut’s face.

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Planets

I also worked some more on the planets adding colour, rings and land on the big blue one.

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(Reaching for the) Stars

Finally, I got to paint one of my favourite parts: the stars (if you have been following this series of posts I was already looking forward to that on day 1)!

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Conclusion

I am very happy with the result!

I’m sure that when I look at this illustration again in a few months (maybe it will even only take weeks or days… or hours) I will be more critical about it and point at things that are not quite right or that I could have done better. And that’s okay.

But for now, the paint on my palette and my brushes aren’t dry yet and I am just happy, and here’s why:

1.I drew the sketch back in February. After such a long time this sketch could have just been forgotten like a lot of my other sketches but it actually became a physical painting!

2. I didn’t use any references other than my initial sketch and didn’t even trace the illustration before starting – this could have gone wrong in so many ways, but it didn’t!

3. I wrote about my process! (Whoop, whoop!) I do normally share work in progress on Instagram – the convenience of pictures and the immediacy is nice but sometimes it is good to sit down and reflect on what just happened.

4. I am very happy because it worked! When I started working on this project I was feeling drained. My brain was submerged with self-doubt. I was lost! Taking some ‘me time’ and painting whatever I wanted however I wanted showed me that I can draw, and paint, and that I have a personal voice. You might think “Duh! Of course you can draw!” but unfortunately sometimes the obvious doesn’t seem so obvious.

Anyhow, I am thrilled that this experiment worked! Now I feel more confident and excited again!

Well, I guess there’s only one thing left for me to say:

Have a great weekend and see you next time for some new adventures on Camille’s land!

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Fighting the burnout – Step 2: Baby steps

Hello! Welcome back!

Fighting burnout might take some time but what matters is to go one step at a time.

I already feel more excited and motivated than I was yesterday when I started so hopefully this is working.

Either way, thank you for accompanying me on this journey!

Below is today’s progress in pictures.

Halo

Today, I started with adding halos around some of the planets.

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Making a mistake… and fixing it

While painting the small planet next to the astronaut I made a mistake: I painted past the outlines that I had set and gradually enlarged the planet (think snowball effect) until it touched the helmet. I tried to make it look like the astronaut was overlapping but the planet was way too big both in relation to both the astronaut and the planets around, and it didn’t look too good so I had to paint over it.

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Extravehicular mobility unit (aka the spacesuit)

I find space and space-related stuff absolutely fascinating! Although for this piece I am not looking at any references other than my skecthes from February (see yesterday’s post), which is rare for me, I am still learning a bunch of things while checking the spelling of some words for this post (e.g. figuring out if ‘spacesuit’ is written as one or two words – the NASA spells it as one word so I’ll go with that, I mean those guys probably know what they’re talking about).

For example, in space talk if you take your EMU out you are not suggesting that you are taking a large ostrich-like bird outside of the spacecraft but you are actually referring to your spacesuit (or extravehicular mobility unit).

Okay I’ve just made up this example but an extravehicular mobility unit is actually shortened to EMU and it made me giggle that it looks like the name of the bird.

Anyway, back on track.

On a piece like this patience is key. I have to add layer over layer to make the colours more opaque, especially white.

Here you can see some progress on the spacesuit:

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Layering some more

I then added some more layers to the planets before I can start working on the details. The spaceship now also has a window!

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And this is where I stopped and where I leave you for today!

I hope to see you again tomorrow!